What Do Critics Think of Michael Arden-Helmed The Pride in L.A.?

The Verdict   What Do Critics Think of Michael Arden-Helmed The Pride in L.A.? Alexi Kaye Campbell's play, exploring sexuality and acceptance, plays the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
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The Los Angeles premiere of Alexi Kaye Campell’s The Pride, a time-bending tale of identity, love, and forgiveness, began performances June 8 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

Directed by by Michael Arden, the cast features Neal Bledsoe, Jessica Collins, Augustus Prew, and Matthew Wilkas.

The Pride is set in both 1958 and 2008. It’s an exploration of the social attitudes and acceptance of sexuality over a 50-year period. In 1958, Phillip and Sylvia are married. However, Phillip is secretly attracted to his wife’s colleague, Oliver. In 2008, Phillip lives with his boyfriend, Oliver, who sabotages his relationships with his addiction to casual sex. Phillip turns to their friend Sylvia for guidance.

Read reviews below. Check back for updates:

Los Angeles Times (Daryl H. Miiller)
On Stage and Screen (Erin Conley)
The Stage Review (Jill Weinlein)

The play will run through July 9 in the Wallis’ Lovelace Studio (9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd). For more information, visit TheWallis.org.

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